Transport in Paris is easiest by metro and walking. Paris is a city designed for pedestrians. The Velib bicycles are popular. Avoid driving as traffic is more and more difficult and congested. Good trains connect the city to all of Europe. Trip to Paris.
Many travelers to Paris arrive at one of the two main airports: Charles de Gaulle Airport to the north and Orly Airport to the south. Public transport from the airport is preferable to taxis specially at rush hour. From Charles de Gaulle Airport, take RER B metro to one of the downtown stations. From Orly Airport, take the Val to Antony station, then RER B metro to downtown stations. With heavy luggage, use a door to door airport shuttle. Information about transport to/from Charles de Gaulle Paris Airport and Orly Paris Airport.
You come to Paris by car. Just getting to the city could be a problem. Most freeways are at standstill between 7am and 10am. The périphérique which is the freeway circling round the city is a constant traffic jam. Avoid driving in the city as much as you can. The city is giving priority to public transport and bicycles, discouraging as much as it can car traffic. In central Paris, it is impossible to drive and impossible to park except in underground parking lots. The traffic is dense and unpredictable, specially at rush hour. The ban on car traffic on the river right bank led to additional traffic jams on the banks and around Hotel de Ville. Check traffic real time. Book a hotel with private car park or find a public parking near it. Book your parking space in advance.
It is quite practical to come to Paris by train, specially if you have a super fast train connection, as is the case in London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and other European cities. Your arrival station will be in downtown Paris: Gare du Nord (Paris map) from London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Koln, Gare de l'Est (Paris map) from Stuttgart, Munchen. Trains from Eastern Europe arrive at Gare de l'Est (Paris map). Trains from Italy arrive at Gare de Lyon (Paris map).
During your stay in the city, ride the metro and buses. They are easy and safe means of transportation. Most Parisians use them daily. To prepare your transportation itinerary in the city, use the metro route finder. Some sights outside the city, such as Fontainebleau, Giverny, Compiegne and Chartres are reachable by train.
Parisians and visitors will benefit from a new Velib available in Grand Paris. The bikes are lighter and connected which allow them to be geotagged in real time, to display the rental time and the distance traveled during your trip. The data transmitted will allow each subscriber to follow his use of Velib. A "full stop" system will allow you to drop your bike to a station even when all the locations are already occupied. 30% of the bikes, the blue ones, will be equipped with an electric assistance. These models have a USB socket and a case to drop your smartphone. The battery life is 50 kilometers, for a speed of 25km/h. Riding up hill will become easy for everyone. You will not be afraid to climb up Montmartre hill to admire the view. A "padlock fork" also helps prevent theft. Velib map. Velib Metropole. Rentals.
Paris Open tour double-decker buses are practical and very scenic means of transport in the City of Lights.
Enjoy fantastic views of the city from the open top deck. Individual audio guided commentaries, special commentaries of story and tales for children. Visit the top monuments and quarters of the city at your own pace.
34 bus stops and 3 routes are available to discover all over the city: hop on hop off as often as you please. Buses depart every 10 minutes in summer and 30 minutes in winter. Open tour is amusing and practical type of transport for a comfortable visit within the city.
It is difficult to get a taxi on the street in the city. We advise you to book a taxi on line in advance, specially at rush hour. Check G7 (the leader) and Taxi bleu web sites for online taxi booking. Uber cars are widely available. Le Cab is an excellent private driver service.
Taxis are relatively cheap within the city. It will be more expensive when you get out of the city to places like Versailles Palace, Charles de Gaulle Airport or Disneyland Paris as you enter a different tariff zone (evaluate the cost of your taxi ride).